Nigerians await the trial of billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme
Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans, some of his gang members have
accused him of not keeping to their oath of secrecy.
police to nab several members of his gang including his informants. He
also handed over with ease to the police two serving soldiers who
actively participated in most of the kidnap operations that he
another notorious kidnapper and armed robber who owns several mansions
in Abuja, Lagos and Imo State. During interrogation by the police, he
accused Evans of not keeping to their oath of secrecy if caught.
who provided all the information needed to kidnap some of his victims.
Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu was the one who allegedly gave information of how
and where to find the Pharmacist Donatus Duno and two others who were
abducted by Evans.
escaped from Evans hideout in Igando area of Lagos, a development which
gave the police a clue as to how to track and end the reign of terror by
Evans and his gang.
admitted to the police that he was the brain behind the attempted kidnap
of the Chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors, Vincent Obianodo.
two serving soldiers were identified as Corporal Victor Chukwunonso and
Corporal Chilaka Ifeanyi. They have now been dismissed by the army and
handed over to the police for prosecution.
arms to Evans. The suspect, according to the police fled Lagos when the
news of Evans arrest hit the newsstand.
Saturday Sun gathered that he had given up hope of survival because of
the extent of terror he unleashed on his victims. Evans was known to
have chained and blindfolded all his victims for several months.
take his secrets to the grave. Evans had told Saturday Sun reporter who
had an opportunity to interview him a day after he was arrested that it
is finished. “I have five children and since I am likely going to die, let me save some money for them,” he had said.
(VIP) when the media learnt about his arrest. Every media house both
local and international wanted to talk to him. He became an instant
celebrity. “Even as policemen, we were cautious of the fact that if
anything happens to Evans, some policemen might lose their jobs. This
was one of the reasons he
was moved to Abuja where he was kept in a VIP cell. No one wanted any
sort of scandal because his arrest was seen as one of the greatest
achievements of IGP Ibrahim Idris”, a police officer disclosed.
stomach got all the medical attention he needed while in police custody.
In exchange for his safety, he helped the police to track and arrest
about 15 members of his gang.
them are still on the run. He gave the police all the information needed
to track the remaining members of his gang who are still on the run. Evans despite how hardened he is, is a good father. One of his greatest concerns
was to live and watch his children grow. He was ready to remain in
prison and have the opportunity to see his children. He told us that he
needs to personally tell his children the story of his life. He was
concerned that if he does not live to talk to his children especially
his sons, they might be worse than him. We were even shocked Evans
pleaded guilty. He knew that he was safer inside prison than to witness
the wrath of family and friends of his victims. He also told me that as
long as his victims are aware that he is alive and paying for his crime,
they could spare his children. Above all, taking him to court was a big
relief, because it was very expensive to feed and buy his drugs”, a
police source stated.
up with them, informants told the police their role in the successful
execution of Evans kidnap operations. Okwuchukwu popularly known as Baba
Eko claimed that he was under spell and it only dawned on him that what
he was doing is evil when he was arrested by the police.
that their relationship dates back to 2013. “I was in my shop at Trade
Fair Complex in Lagos State when Evans whom I know as Somtochukwu just
walked up to my stand and said he wanted to buy re
recharge card that he requested for when he suddenly asked if I was from
Anambra State. I said yes and he embraced me and said that he is from
Anambra too. He started complaining and asked if I knew one Okoye who is
from my town. He complained bitterly that the man is owing him. I told
him that it is not possible because, I know the man very well. I told
him that the Okoye I knew is very rich. Weeks later, I learnt that he
was kidnapped. I did not suspect him at all.
he wants to buy a perfume. I took him to the Ucheson’s shop because he
is an authentic dealer in original perfume. I told him that Ucheson is
very rich and one of the most successful men at the Trade-fair and also
from Anambra State. He asked me to let him know when the man will be
going home, it never occurred to me that he had a bad intention. I gave
him the information as soon as I noticed him leaving.”
Evans opened up to him that he is a professional kidnapper. “A week
later, he came and gave me one million naira. I was so excited because I
had told him that I needed financial assistance .It was after that he
came again and gave me money. I assumed that he wanted to assist me
because I told him that I was defrauded. It was then that he told me
that he is a kidnapper and was the one who picked Ucheson and Okoye.
decided to play along. The next week, he gave me another one million
naira and N700, 000 and finally N350, 000. Months later, he came to tell
me that he is interested in picking Duno, the pharmacist. I knew that I
will gain a lot if he succeeded, so I gave him all the information that
he needed. I gave him Duno’s phone number and also gave him his vehicle
number plate and his schedule. I assured him that the man is very rich.
I was still waiting for my share when we heard on the news that he escaped.”
Eko said that he never approached Evans with any information. “He was
the one that normally came to me for information and I will give him. I
unknowingly gave him information on Okoye . It was Ucheson and Duno that
I voluntarily offered to provide information that will help him easily
kidnap them. So far, I collected about N3million from him before I was
a native of Oba village in Idemili local government area of Anambra
state was arrested in Lagos. He confessed that he was the one who
brought the job of kidnapping Chief Vincent Obianodo, owner of Young
Shall Grow Motors in 2013. He further confessed that he personally
monitored Obianodo’s movement for weeks before the gang led by Evans
as Baba Kekere is alleged to be one of the boys that Evans trained. Eric
who is still under investigation told the police that his relationship
with Evans dates back to 2015.
life became so difficult that I had to drop out of secondary school.
Sometime in 1989, I relocated to Lagos and started learning how to
become a mechanic. After two
years, I was able to raise some money and start my own shop where I
sold food stuffs. I did that for five years. I saved money and decided
to relocate to Australia. I was unlucky and fell into the trap of a
fraudster who collected my money and disappeared.
master key that can be used to open cars. During that time, I got to
meet some boys who I assisted to construct such keys. I knew what they
were doing with those keys but I decided not to report them or stop
helping them because they were paying so much money.
agent, I decided to join those boys to steal cars. Initially, what we
normally do is just to ransack the car and pick every valuable in it
including parts of the car that could be sold. It was a good business
and I made a lot of money from that. I knew how to construct the key, so
naturally I became their leader. I had so much money that I could
travel to Dubai on vacation with my wife and children. I also built a
Bungalow in Agege area of Lagos.
2015 when I met Evans at Lagos international airport. He told me that he
is a drug baron and we exchanged numbers and continued communicating”
relationship started yielding a lot of money after Evans decided to use
his house as his hideout. “Weeks after we met, he called me that he was
coming to my house with some persons. When they arrived, I discovered that one of them was blindfolded and they were all armed.
and that he will detain him until he pays his debt. I am not a child so I
insisted that he should tell me the truth. He opened up and I allowed
him to use my house as long as I will get my own share of the ransom. My
wife and my children are based in Abuja, so there was no distraction.
Days later after the man regained his freedom, I was given N1.5million.
He used my house severally, and I was paid not less than a million on
people, our own specialty is to use master key to steal cars and sell
them. We also target very rich persons and when we enter their cars, the
valuables that we get when sold give us more money than selling the
car. There was a case where we got thousands of dollars and when
converted gave us about N8 million.”
police, Ezeala said that he bought the land from the proceeds from his
food stuff business. “I only used the proceeds from robbery and
kidnapping to build it to this standard. When I learnt that Evans had
been arrested, I quickly sold my house in Lagos for N8million and
relocated to Abuja. I expected Evans to keep his mouth shut but
unfortunately he gave them (police) my name.”